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Traveling Lecturer: A Technical and Professional Visit

On March 22nd, I visited the Ningbo University Student Chapter of OSA in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. The chapter is in the laboratory of Infrared Materials and Devices (LIMD) of Ningbo University, Key Laboratory of Photoelectric Materials and Devices of Zhejiang Province.   

Added:04 Apr 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Truly Rewarding Experience

After almost one year following the initial contacts with the OSA Student Chapter at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur, India), I was finally able to take part in the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. I must say that it really was a fascinating experience, which will probably have an impact on the future of several people. The only real issues I had to face were those related to...

Added:03 Apr 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Learning Beyond the Lab

Antigone presented her 'skill bill' lecture about the importance of developing additional skills during your education and career in order to further it. The reasons and the way of furthering were not the classical idea of financial gain or prestige but more about your personal best and what you as individuals would be happiest doing as well as how to further the quality of the work. 

Added:02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Meeting Dr. Sorger

The Traveling Lecturer Program through our OSA Student Chapter (UArk Laserbacks) was a great success. Dr. Sorger's visit was productive, as he was able to spend time meeting various professors and students throughout the University of Arkansas Physics Department, and his talk was very relevant and interesting to many researchers on campus. Students and faculty also benefitted from the...

Added:02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Traveling to New and Unknown Places

When I was first contacted by NISER student chapter officer, Samir Kumar, to visit as a traveling lecturer, I must admit I have never even heard of NISER, or the city in which it is located, Bhubaneswar, India. I was glad that we were eventually able to find a date for me to attend.   

Added:27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Late Night Conversations turn to Collaboration

A few month ago I was in Rochester, NY for FiO2016. The meeting agenda was so busy, like always it is. Although tired, the day always ended with a group of us chatting in the hotel lobby about optics, science and life. As if all of us wanted to draw as much as possible on the opportunity of being there. A few months later, I received an invitation to visit the Lund OSA Chapter in Sweden. I had...

Added:27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: An Experience to Remember

It was my first - hopefully not the last - experience as OSA traveling lecturer, which was very enriching both scientifically, personally and from the cultural pooint of view. Although I had been in India before, this time I interacted with students in different places (Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi). The students were very pro-active during the talks, as well as the professors who attended...

Added:27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: On the Trail of the Wild Hog

They call them the fly-over states. The middle of the country (US that is). But, that such a statement is clearly wrongly placed, I experienced first hand.

Added:13 Feb 2017


Engaging CCNY with Photons

On December 5th, I visited the OSA City College of New York (CCNY) Student Chapter in New York, USA. The visit was hosted by CCNY OSA Student Chapter advisor Professor Robert Alfano, president Nicholas Proscia. Furthermore, I had the great opportunity to had 1:1 meetings with professors Robert Alfano, and Vinod Menon before and after my talk. We shared the latest academic/industrial trend...

Added:09 Dec 2016


Branching Out and Making Connections

One of the main reasons that I pursued an academic position is my passion for mentoring and encouraging students in engineering and science. Unfortunately, the further that I progress in my career, the less time I have to spend time with students outside of my research group. Conferences can be very rushed, making it challenging to really connect with new colleagues. While Department seminars...

Added:06 Dec 2016


From Engineer to Career: How to Become a Successful Professional

Every student is concerned with one and the same detail: to get a good job and be a successful professional. The Arizona chapter invited me to not talk about my groups nanophotonic research which focuses on novel opto-electronic device physics, emerging material such as TMDs and TCOs, and plasmonics. Here, I was asked to talk about what it takes to be successful after graduation. I broke this...

Added:07 Nov 2016


Lab Visits - An Investment That Is Worth It

Dear OSA members,   This is the fourth in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec, and OSA FiberTech in Sydney.   In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to visit our colleagues at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane. This follows on...

Added:02 Nov 2016


Running Our Own Conference

In July, the University of Aveiro OSA Student Chapter fully organized, for the first time, a two days’ conference. In fact, it is not the first time our Student Chapter participates in the organization of an event, but always in collaboration with other Chapters or other persons. This time, the organization was entirely our responsibility. The conference, which was called &lsquo...

Added:07 Oct 2016


My Summer Trip to India

Over the summer I visited India, more specifically Kolkata, where I was a keynote speaker at the 3rd International Conference on Optoelectronics and Applied Optics (Optronix 2016). In addition, I visited with the OSA Student Chapter at the University of Engineering and Management/Institute of Engineering and Management in Kolkata.  I also visited the student chapter at the Indian...

Added:16 Sep 2016


Understanding Multi-Photon Bio-Imaging

On the 29th of June 2016, Optics Students Karlsruhe e.V. (OSKar) hosted an OSA Traveling Lecturer at the Light Technology Institute (LTI), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The lecture program is sponsored by The Optical Society. This year we are honored to have invited the OSA Fellow, Professor Chris Xu from Cornell University, USA to fly to Karlsruhe, Germany and give a presentation on...

Added:06 Sep 2016


Going Back to the Basics

The IIT Delhi OSA Student Chapter hosted OSA Ambassador Dr. Arti Agrawal from City University, London as a Traveling Lecturer. The talk was on Finite Element Method for Photonics and Optics. She covered some of the key principles of numerical methods (for photonics) and shown some examples of different classes of methods. She explained the basics of FEM and steps involved in the method, with...

Added:06 Sep 2016


Life after ICFO: A PhD is Not Enough

On June 2nd 2016, the ICONS student chapter hosted Prof.Giovanni Volpe (Assistant Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey) a former ICFOnian as a part of OSA´s Ambassador and Traveling Lecturer Programs. The visit of Professor Volpe was beneficial in multiple ways. Being a former ICFOnian, Professor Volpe was able to gives us first-hand experience about life after a PhD in photonics...

Added:05 Jul 2016


Traveling Around India

I had the opportunity to travel to India as a travelling lecturer in April. In visiting 3 cities and several chapters (holding joint events) I had some amazing experiences. 

Added:05 Jul 2016


Going Back Where It All Began

On June 2-3 2016, I have visited the OSA Student Chapter at ICFO - the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. I was hosted by the Vice-President of the Student, Kavitha Kalavoor, and I had the opportunity to meet several of the other Officers of the Student Chapter.

Added:05 Jul 2016


Light Beyond the Lab: Putting Your Research Skills to Work

This is the second in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. In case you missed my last post, you can find it here.   In this blog post I will discuss a recent trip across the border to Canada to attend the IONS-Quebec conference and to visit INRS-Montreal.   I’ll also give you a glimpse into some...

Added:29 Jun 2016


A New Force of Awakening

At May 30th, Doctor Yue Yang from Jupiter Networks, United States arrived at Harbin Institute of Technology and presented to the HIT OSA Student Chapter and the national key laboratory of tunable laser a great report about his research direction: High-speed optical systems and networking functions using orbital-angular-momentum multiplexing. Dr. Yue got his bachelor degree and master degree...

Added:29 Jun 2016


Putting Your PhD to Work

The OSA Ambassador program I’m excited to volunteer in the inaugural year of the OSA Ambassador program. Our goal is to further the professional development skills of our student and Young Professional members.‘Putting your PhD to work’ To this end, I am focusing on the topic of ‘Putting your PhD to work.’   In brief, the skills learned during an optics...

Added:21 Jun 2016


A Full Lecturer Experience

On April 13, our student chapter was very pleased to welcome OSA Traveling Lecturer Professor Malvin Carl Teich, professor emeritus at Boston University and Columbia University. He is well known for his seminal book “Fundamentals of Photonics”, co-authored by Bahaa E. A. Saleh. We were very impressed by his curriculum vitae that includes everything from fractal stochastic processes...

Added:02 Jun 2016


A Forum to Celebrate and Exchange Ideas

The XIOPM Student Chapter of The Optical Society held an event on April 27-29 titled, “National Doctoral Academic Forum on Optics and Photonics,” to commemorate The Optical Society’s Centennial. To join the celebration, professors at University of Auckland, University of Science and Technology of China, National Tsing Hua University and students from around 30 universities and...

Added:20 May 2016


Leading PhD Students to the Path of Industry

According to a study by The Royal Society, less than 1% of current PhD graduates will become tenured professors. Moreover, approximately 30% of PhD graduates will be unemployed upon graduation. To combat a more competitive job market and fewer academic jobs, Washington State University’s OSA/SPIE student chapter focuses on professional development. Through OSA’s Traveling Lecturer...

Added:13 May 2016


Interacting with the Next Generation of Scientists

Since it is a long flight from Sydney to India I decided to combine visits to two different student chapters in a single trip. Arriving in Kolkata late on a Wednesday evening, I spent the Thursday morning at the Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) in Kolkata, a very impressive organization,  and then on by train to Dhanbad, the location of the Indian School of Mines (ISM)....

Added:02 May 2016


Enthusiastic Young Minds Create an Ecosystem of Learning

59th international conference for students of physics and natural sciences “Open Readings 2016” gathered more than 300 enthusiastic young minds in order to create an ecosystem of learning and sharing the experience. The conference took place on 15-18th of March in Vilnius, Lithuania and connected students from all over Europe working in a variety of thrilling topics: from optics and...

Added:28 Apr 2016


A Lecturer Down Under

On Thursday March 17th 2016, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Yuri Kivshar, from the Nonlinear Physics Center at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, through the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. Dr. Kivshar works for the physics and astronomy department at San Francisco State University in San Francisco California. 

Added:26 Apr 2016


Symposium on Optics

On February 8th and 9th 2016, the KU Leuven OSA student chapter organized a broad symposium on optics. With invited speakers from several European countries, we were able to address a large variety in audience. This was clear from the diverse backgrounds of the students that attended the symposium, ranging from biomedical sciences and (bio)chemistry, to optical engineering. However, all...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Motivating to Pursue Your Dreams

Professor Kishan Dholakia’s visit was really a great experience for the students of International School of Photonics. His lectures were really informative and impressive speaking on the scale of his presentation skills. There were three illuminating lectures, each of them being interesting in its own ways as the titles: 1. Lights, Camera, Action: Optics in Healthcare, 2. Shaped Beams and...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Husband and Wife Team

On the 25th of January 2016, the Technion OSA chapter hosted Professor Margaret Murnane and Professor Henry Keptyn, ultrafast science pioneers and it was a huge success and all thanks to the Traveling Lecturer Program. 

Added:12 Apr 2016


An Impactful Experience

It was a great pleasure for the Oxford OSA student chapter to host Professor Sanders. He was a most experienced OSA ambassador, open to engaging with all of our chapter members as well as other students from the Department and very keen to support the activities of our society. We have been a chapter for 3 years and are still trying to find ways to increase our membership base and expand our...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Discussing Thin Films

We invited Dr. George Atanasoff who is a recognized professional in the field of Optical Engineering and a member of Optical Society of America for over 20 years. Dr. Atanasoff started his career as university professor in Physics. Later he gradually transitioned his career into the industry, managing large industrial R&D departments and federal programs for variety of applications, such as...

Added:12 Apr 2016


Learning From Our Peer

The lecture started with an introduction from St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation OSA chapter president, Vasily Kazakov. He talked about the research group from the department of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Communications and their outreach activities. Then he gave the floor to Arseny Zhdanov, PhD student of University of South Florida, who started his...

Added:01 Apr 2016


Sharing My Experience With Others

Amazed from the flow of students on bicycle and the majesty of Thermotechnical Institute immerse into the Arenberg park … this was the start of the marvelous experience as a Traveling Lecturer at OSA/SPIE Student Chapter at KU Leuven.

Added:25 Mar 2016